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The First Prospectors

Who were the earliest prospectors in the Western Hemisphere? Is there any way to tell?

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Rare Silver Nuggets And Their Origins


Silver nuggets have been described as “ultra-rare,” “prized” and “unique.” Naturally occurring silver nuggets are rare enough to suggest caution when purchasing. Fakes have reportedly been produced and misrepresented for sale as genuine specimens.

Explorers to Salvage Gold-Laden Ship


A salvage company struck a 20-year deal with Britain to search for riches in the sunken warship HMS Sussex, which went down in 1694, laden with gold and silver.

Paleoplacers in the Black Hills


The Black Hills of western South Dakota are domal mountains that rise to 7,242 feet near Mt. Rushmore National Monument. Annual precipitation reaches 28 inches, enough to support winter sports and pine forests.

The Bawl Mill


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Melman on Gold & Silver


…we cannot ignore the fact that several of the most widely-followed and respected economic voices are now raising questions about the potential near-term development of a full-blown market panic.

Company Notes


• Canyon Resources
• Vista Gold Corp.
• Placer Dome Inc.
• Royal Gold, Inc.

Suction Gold Dredge Miners Win On Federal Preemption


Judge Ochoa went so far as to call the California permit scheme “unenforceable.”

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